A monkey-themed first birthday party.
We knew we wanted to have a monkey-themed party for Bugaboo's first birthday. I started by picking out fabric and based the color scheme and monkey images off of the fabric.
I like a little of everything and love DIY touches. I wanted the party to look fun and cheerful.
Choosing fabric is usually the first place I start - so once I found the monkey fabrics I used them to create a lot of the decorations. I also scanned the fabric into my computer and used the monkey image on the invitation and throughout the party.
Decorations: Most of the decorations were DIY. I created the birthday chalkboard in photoshop as well as the invite. I used the monkey fabric to make a bib and birthday hat for the birthday boy and for his favorite monkey stuffed animal. The jungle wreath, photo of the month banner, fabric banners, and bunting were DIY. I used a lot of our houseplants and monkey stuffed animals we already had around the house to try and create a rainforest vibe.
My husband created a slideshow of Bugaboo's first year that he played on a digital frame set on the mantle. He also created a monkey playlist that was really fun and silly.
Food: We gave all the food we served a fun monkey-themed name. We had chimp chips, monkey bread, pine-ape-le, gorilla grapes, chimpan-cheese and crackers, pineapple and orange-atang salad…you get the idea :) After seeing pictures of a pineapple palm tree on Pinterest I decided to make my own as a centerpiece for the table. The palm tree cupcake tower was another DIY project. For dessert I made monkey cupcakes and a smash cake shaped like a monkey.
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It's hard to choose. So much of the party I made myself that I feel attached to it all! I love the chalkboard sign and monthly photo banner because they summarize this first year really well.
The best advice I can give is to start planning in advance. I was very busy with work surrounding the birthday party so I made all the decorations a few months ahead of time when I wasn't as busy. It gave me the chance to make a lot of the stuff but also not be stressed over the party!